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Village wind farm plan unveiled  

Plans for up to eight wind turbines close to a West Yorkshire village are going on show as developers prepare to submit a detailed application.

The proposed wind farm, south of Darrington, near Pontefract, would provide power for up to 8,000 homes, claim the developers.

Details of the turbine scheme on land between the A1 and Went Hill Ridge are on show at Carleton Community Centre.

Some residents fear the scheme will be a noise nuisance and blight property.

The company, Banks Developments, are proposing the construction of between five and eight of the 80m high turbines at the site.

As part of the application planners will examine possible environmental issues, including noise, visual impact, archaeology, ecology and any effect on wildlife.

Rob Williams, senior project manager at Banks Developments, said: “Before preparing a detailed design, we will take into account comments from the community and statutory consultees.

“The exhibitions are an opportunity for us to answer any questions.

“The scheme we’re proposing could produce enough energy for 8,000 homes without the production of greenhouse gases.”

Noise worry

But some residents are unhappy with the scheme.

Phil Underwood said: “With it being in our back garden, some of those windmills are as high as cooling towers, what with the noise as well, with that whizzing around at night time, it travels a long way does sound.

“There’s plenty of places in England to build them miles away from built up areas, this is a fairly built up area and we’re going to have a big wind farm in your back garden.”

But village trader Vince Oddy said: ” I think it’s a good thing to have wind farms, but whether people want them here or not, I don’t know. I suppose the people who will be bothered will be the one living nearest to it.”

6 February 2007

bbc.co.uk

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